Indonesian star Bunga Citra Lestari marries: 'This man brought back my smile'


Congratulations to the happy couple. Photos: The Bride Dept/Instagram, Bunga Citra Lestari/Instagram

Congratulations are in order for Indonesian celebrity Bunga Citra Lestari who tied the knot with her boyfriend Tiko Aryawardhana on Saturday (Dec 2).

Both bride and groom were attired in traditional Jawa wedding outfits at the ceremony held at Amankila Resort in Bali, Indonesia.

Scores of Indonesian celebs were spotted at the wedding, which was also attended by the late Ashraf Sinclair's family members.

Bunga was married to the late Malaysian actor in 2008. Ashraf passed away in February 2020 in his sleep due to a heart attack. The couple have a son, Noah Aidan.

Bunga shared her thoughts in a video uploaded on social media after she tied the knot with Tiko.

"There came a time when a new man appeared. This man, who carried pain in his own journey. As time went by, we shared our pain and I didn't feel so alone. Laughter came back. I started to feel like I deserved love and happiness," Bunga, 40, said.

In the video, which also featured her son Noah, Bunga also recalled the sadness of losing Ashraf.

"Day after day, little by little, I adapt to the pain. I live my life with the feeling that this pain will not go away.

"This pain will always be there, but this man (Tiko) brought back my smile ..." she said.

Malaysian singer Yuna (top, left) was one of Bunga's bridesmaid. Yuna is married to Ashraf Sinclair's brother, Adam. Photo: Bunga Citra Lestari/InstagramMalaysian singer Yuna (top, left) was one of Bunga's bridesmaid. Yuna is married to Ashraf Sinclair's brother, Adam. Photo: Bunga Citra Lestari/Instagram

Ashraf's sister, Aishah Sinclair - who was one of Bunga's bridesmaids - penned a sweet tribute on Instagram.

"My doa for my beautiful sister @itsmebcl was to one day find love and happiness again, but I prayed that he would be someone who would not only be a supportive companion to Bunga, a caring father to Noah, but he would accept us as part of Bunga’s life.

"And @tikotiki is exactly that," Aishah wrote.

"From the first day we met, you have shown us what an amazing person you are. I am so happy to have you in our family Tiko.

"Thank you for not only loving Bunga and Noah so fiercely, but for loving the rest of us Sinclairs too," the radio personality added.

According to Indonesian media, Bunga and Tiko's romance blossomed after they attended an event together in November last year.

Tiko is a graduate from Trisakti University in Jakarta, the very same university Bunga attended. Reports indicated that Tiko worked at a bank in the wealth management sector, and that he founded an independent music label.

He has three children from an earlier marriage, which ended in divorce in 2021.

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